Katy Trail - A Guided Tour

Local author Kathy Schrenk has identified nine beautiful and historic sections of the trail to explore this summer.

Kirkwood resident, avid cyclist and outdoorswoman, Kathy Schrenk has written a new book Katy Trail; A Guided Tour through History. The picturesque and easy-to-read guidebook details nine historic rides.

“The Katy Trail is unique,” stated Kathy. “It’s a linear state park that runs almost completely across the state. It’s America’s longest rail-to-trail pathway following America’s longest river.” The book covers how to enjoy a five-day, end-to-end adventure or a half-day out-and-back excursion. “The trail is a place where young and old, athletic or not, can ride or walk through the Missouri countryside.” The 237 miles of trail is mostly very flat with tightly packed gravel. “You just need a bike. Any bike. And a helmet,” stated Kathy. “Even though the path is flat, accidents do happen.”

The book details the history and topography along the trail as well as what to expect and how to
prepare for each part of the ride. “I did ride every mile of the Katy Trail at least twice,” stated Kathy. “I have a couple of favorite spots.”

Order your copy of Katy Trail a Guided Tour Through History at https://www.kathyschrenk.com/

Family Outings
This is the most scenic part of the trail with gorgeous cliffs and river views. The trail includes the 243-foot-long arched tunnel, native drawing on rocks, and Bur Oak, Missouri’s most famous tree - it has its own Facebook Page.

Winery Ramble
Augusta Area
The Katy Trail is tailor-made for touring vineyards and tasting rooms. This two-day ride starts at Sugar Creek Winery in Defiance and ends at Lost Creek Winery in Marthasville. 

History and Culture 
Did you know the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art houses a permanent collection of works from Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, and Dale Chihuly? 

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